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Int Ch./World Winner, BIS, National Specialty,
mBISS, French, Am Grand Ch./Can Ch. Fairytale's Balthazar Le Sage, HOF, HIC
(Fr/Am/Can Ch Rebelle des Monts d'en Crouzille, HIC, CGC, Fr/Am Select x
Am Ch Theodora de Bejaune, Am Select)
Hips OVC Normal, OFA Good, CNSB Clear - DOB: 10/31/2006

Baby Sage was born on Halloween day 2006, with 9 other siblings. Sage was black as crow with no white hair. He is now a dark gray male. . I kept him for his very beautiful, balanced and correct construction and his lovely temperament. He is a dog of substance and elegance, with very sweet and outgoing disposition, which is exactly what I love and strive for.

Sage hit the show road at 13 months and he was quite a competitor. At 5 shows, in 3 different states, he won winners dog 4 times and finished his AKC championship with 4 majors, including a 5 point major and two 4 point majors.

Sage is a compact, male with lots of bone. His head is extremely beautiful. He stands in a beautiful natural stack at all times, indicating that all the right angles and proportions are in place as well as a great attitude. His coat is full and with a wonderful texture. He is a sweet, outgoing boy with all people. You should meet him !

After his championship end of 2007, Sage returned to the ring once at the BCA Specialty shows in Harrisburg in April 2008. He participated in the sweeps and received Best Puppy in Sweeps each day. This was very pleasing since the entry was very large. In August, he went to a few shows where he won the breed over the top ranked specials despite his obvious youth and lack of training ! He also collected his first Group Placements.

End of September, we went to the 2008 US National Specialty and I showed Sage in the Best of Breed competition. Sage won Best of Opposite Sex, meaning that he won Best male at the US National Specialty. It was a thrilling experience to be standing in the middle of the ring with the top Briards and their professional handlers among the handful of dogs who were kept for final consideration. After judging the first question the judges and spectators asked was "Who is that dog?". They were baffled to find out he was 22 months old, home bred and owner/breeder handled. Sage was cited as exemplary for his head, coat and silhouette. What more could I ask for. We came back home happy from those incredible national results.

Sage started 2009 at Westminster KC, where he got an Award of Merit, at 3 years old. His magnificent posture, great head and bones, beautiful movement have earned him many wins in the group ring, in the tough East Coast competition in 2009. He won back to back best of breed at the BCA regional specialty weekend shows in Harrisburg, in April. He repeated the performance and even more, at the BCA Regional Specialty Shows in Canfield, OH in August where he won back to back BISS and added a third BOB win to top it. These were the largest circuits for Briards for 2009. Sage concluded the 2009 year like he dominated most of it, as the # 1 Briard in the USA for breed points and #3 for group points. All of it, he did on his own merit, with no advertising and no special connections, while shown part time.

In 2009, Sage took two trips to Canada to complete his Canadian Championship with me. He did that in style, earning several group 1s, a Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show and a All Breed Best in Show. This allowed him to match his American performance and to also be the #1 Briard in Canada for 2009. Having qualified for the crown event "Show of Shows", we drove back for that one night event and competed with only BIS winners and brought back home yet another ribbon, a group 3 in the herding group.

For 2010, Sage took a break.

After our AOM at the 2010 Westminster (second in a row), we only showed in the US, three times, won the breed three times and got a group 1st out of that.

We showed in Canada, three times, won the breed three times, one of them being the Canadian National Specialty !

And finally we showed in France, three times, got rated excellent three times, received excellent at the temperament test and won a CACS and CACIB at a regional specialty, a RCACS at another regional specialty and got our preselection for the rassemblement but we did not return in September to participate at the actual selection process. 2010 was the year of the threes, but with great successes in only 9 participations !

In 2011, Sage started his herding training on C course. What a fun experience, we enjoy all our Sunday trips to the farm. I am not sure when I will be ready for his first trial, but that is coming !!!

And of course 2011 was the year of the centennial anniversary of the FCI and such occasion was joined with the World Dog Show in France. Paris hosted the Championnat de France and World Dog Show. Go to the page "World Dog Show Winner" to get all the details and see photos. Sage was the super star and won all there is to win, making me the proudest breeder/owner/handler. He is now the 2011 World Winner !!!!!!! Nothing can top this off.

I am especially proud of Sage who remains above all a sweetheart, loving to fetch or stretching on the bed. Some of the best rewards have been the thrill to watch him from ringside or simply at home, so magnificent. He gives you goose bumps.

In the meantime, Sage's sister, Brooke (aka Fairytale's Bashka), has been visiting us from Canada for a few months to go to a few shows. And she did quite well ! With 3 majors, she finished her championship. She is a blue (gray born gray) girl and after her half sister, Turquoise, she is the second blue briard to earn a American Champion title. You can see her photos at the bottom of this page.

Enjoy a few shots of Sage in his show and home life.

Now in 2013, Sage has concluded his show life by giving me one more gift: back to back Best Bred By Exhibitor in Show, in shows where specials as well as class dogs could compete for that BBE BIS. It was such an exciting event and so flattering to win both days in a really topnotch competition. We are now spending time at home and will only go back sporadically for big specialties as a veteran since Sage turned 7 in October 2013.

To add to his already extremely long list of accomplishments, at almost 9 years of age, Sage attended International shows and in 4 shows, obtained 4 V1, won the breed all 4 shows, won 3 herding group one and 1 herding group two and also 3 BBE herding group ones and 1 BBE herding group two. Judges could not beleive he was almost 9 yrs old and in such a magnificent condition, with smooth movement and great topline. And of course his fabulous coat. Sage is therefore on top of it all, an International Champion!. What a fabulous dog.




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